“Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him."
~Ernest Hemingway, 1954
Why Evaluate web sources?
“Crap detection,” as Hemingway called it half a century ago, is more important than ever before. It’s up to YOU to sort the accurate bits from the misinfo, disinfo, spam, scams, urban legends, and hoaxes.
When evaluating websites or any other information sources, use the following CRAAP test to help evaluate the information you find. This checklist applies to any resource you may use for a school assignment, but keep in mind that some items are specific to websites.
Currency : The timeliness of the information.
Relevance : The importance of the information for your needs.
Authority : The source of the information.
Accuracy : The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content.
Purpose : The reason the information exists.
The CRAAP test is provided by the Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.